A US-China led UN resolution on limiting North Korea’s coal revenues was passed and will be implemented later this week. This is a direct response to multiple violations of nuclear sanctions (the most recent being September of this year). Both coal exports and imports will be monitored by the UN, with a focus on limiting member imports (especially China’s) from North Korea. The resolution will also place a ban on other profitable exports, hopefully decreasing North Korea’s ability to expand their nuclear programs.


Do the Permanent Five of the UN have the moral obligation to restrict other countries’ nuclear power when they themselves have nuclear weapons? Is it necessary to restrict North Korea’s nuclear potential at all costs, due to the dictatorial and unstable condition of the nation? Should any nuclear programs be allowed to expand?